| Oct 11, 2013
| 8:16 AM
Of the many ideas at Chicago Ideas Week, the biggest one to catch on may be Chicago Ideas Week itself.
We've reached Year Three of this annual festival of discussions, demonstrations and interactive experiences, and what recently seemed new now feels...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 12:08 PM
California’s 529 college-savings plan was rated one of the best in the country Tuesday by mutual-fund researcher Morningstar Inc.
The state’s ScholarShare plan was upgraded to a “silver” rating from “bronze” last...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 2:04 PM
With a shareholder vote just days away, T. Rowe Price, one of Dell Inc.'s major investors, reaffirmed its opposition to a $24.4 billion buyout offer for the personal computer manufacturer.
"We continue to believe the proposed buyout does not reflect the...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 8:21 AM
Take a look at the brochures for most wedding venues and, chances are, you’ll see the traditional bride and groom. But not at the Four Seasons, located in Baltimore’s Harbor East neighborhood. The four-star luxury hotel has some new...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 2:12 PM
Boca Raton-based Office Depot had a busy year in 2013, with most of the year spent completing its $1.2 billion merger with OfficeMax. For South Florida employees, the company's December 10 decision to base the headquarters in Boca Raton was a major...
| Jan 5, 2014
| 5:00 AM
NEW YORK — It's been a fantastic time for stocks, but it's been even better for shares of small companies like Zale Corp.
The small Texas company's shares rocketed more than 280% last year, propelled by investors who expect lovebirds to...
| Jan 5, 2014
| 5:00 AM
With interest rates set to rise, many on Wall Street are wondering if the municipal bond market is in for another pummeling as 2014 gets underway.
Investors couldn't get out fast enough last year. Bonds from states, cities and counties suffered their...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 4:00 AM
The Sundance Film Festival, which opens Thursday, does not have an annual motto, but if it did the one this year might be "We Hear You."
Understanding that its frigid Park City, Utah, location makes standing in the festival's endless lines something...
| Nov 17, 2013
As a corporate executive, Roland Smith is a fixer, repairing beleaguered companies. In his leisure time, he also embraces risk, climbing mountains and riding motorcycles. In the Army, he was a test pilot.
Analysts and merger experts say Smith, 59, may...
| Dec 1, 2013
| 8:36 AM
It really is the most wonderful time of the year: check your guest list twice, deck your halls and prepare to celebrate straight through to the New Year.
Whatever your holiday traditions — Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas — it's the...
| Dec 8, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Winter has come early to the Chicago area this weekend, with the coldest daytime temperatures since February and a chance of snow showers or snow through Sunday evening, according to forecasts.
High temperatures across the area were only in the high...